N. Carolina drubs N.C. State behind Bacot’s double-double

January 29, 2022 GMT
North Carolina forward Armando Bacot (5) pressures North Carolina State guard Terquavion Smith (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
North Carolina forward Armando Bacot (5) pressures North Carolina State guard Terquavion Smith (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
North Carolina forward Armando Bacot (5) pressures North Carolina State guard Terquavion Smith (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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North Carolina forward Armando Bacot (5) pressures North Carolina State guard Terquavion Smith (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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North Carolina forward Armando Bacot (5) pressures North Carolina State guard Terquavion Smith (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Armando Bacot recorded his 16th double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, and North Carolina beat North Carolina State 100-80 on Saturday.

It was the fourth game in eight days for the Tar Heels (15-6, 7-3 ACC) who have won three straight. The Tar Heels never trailed in a contest in which the members of the 1981-82 national championship team were honored before tip-off.

North Carolina put up a season-high 56 points before halftime on the strength of 10-for-15 shooting from 3-point range and finished 15 for 27 from behind the arc.

Brady Manek led the first-half blitz with four 3s and seven Tar Heels recorded a 3. The 56-first half points were just two shy of what North Carolina tallied in a 58-47 win over Boston College on Wednesday night.

In addition to Bacot’s double-double, he recorded six blocked shots. Caleb Love scored 21 points and R.J. Davis and Manek scored 17 apiece.

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North Carolina led 56-31 at halftime and pushed the margin to 73-38 on Davis’ 3 with 14:53 remaining.

Terquavion Smith scored 34 points and Jericole Hellems 25 for North Carolina State.

The Tar Heels lead the all-time series, 162-79, winning 34 of the last 39 and 51 of the last 63 games against the Wolfpack.

Up next for North Carolina State (10-12, 3-8) is a Wednesday night matchup at home against Syracuse. North Carolina travels to Louisville for a Tuesday contest.

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